A while back, we reported that Ethan Hawke had agreed to write and direct a screen version of his critically-despised novel, The Hottest State. Since the film begins shooting this week, it's reassuring that the cast, which for a long time consisted only of Michelle Williams and Hawke himself, has finally come together - and Hawke has somehow landed himself another Oscar nominee. Joining Williams in the film will be Maria Full of Grace star Catalina Sandino Moreno (who was nominated for best actress last year), as well as Mark Webber, Sonia Braga, and Laura Linney.

The film will focus on Webber, who plays a young Texan who moves to New York to pursue his acting career (Just like Hawke did, back in the day. Hmm.), only to have his heart broken by Moreno. (In other words, it sounds like just the sort of navel-gazing, moody, my-life-is-so-important crap that Hawke fans have inexplicably adored for years.) The movie, weirdly, will feature new songs from Willie Nelson and Norah Jones - I guess it pays to hire a director with celebrity friends, huh?
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